When Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton” was captured for film in 2016, speculation as to when and where audiences might be able to see the recording lit up. Disney solved the mystery earlier this year in February, announcing that it had acquired the worldwide rights to the show for a cool $75 million.
Originally slated to debut this October, Disney has pushed up the streaming release to July 3, when it will be available for audiences to watch on the Disney+ platform.
Miranda and Disney Chairman Robert Iger revealed the news on Good Morning America Tuesday.
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“I can’t say enough about what an incredible job Tommy Kail, our director, has done with the movie,” Miranda said. “He’s basically given everyone at home the best seat in the house. And it’s a thrilling experience. He really threads the needle between these cinematic closeups and widening out and seeing the show from the center aisle of the Richard Rodgers Theater.”
The purchase of the highly sought after gem was to include a theatrical rollout before the film went to the streaming service. With theaters closed for the foreseeable future, the virtual debut offers a salve for those both hankering to see the production on stage and screen.
“I can’t think of another work of art in the last decade that’s had the cultural impact with ‘Hamilton,’” Iger explained in response to why Disney is presenting the film. “I just think it’s brilliant. And in these times to tell a story of people uniting together against forces of adversity, I think is quite relevant and, actually, quite important.”
Rather than a static wide-shot of the production, the film captures the show from various angles, offering an intimate experience of the blockbuster creation.
“You’re getting it from the director of the actual show,” Miranda said. “He knows exactly where to put the camera.”
The film — clocking in at just under three hours long — was captured over the course of three days in June of 2016, just before the principals of the original cast began to make their final curtain calls. Revisiting the experience now, Miranda explained, is fastened to these memories.
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“It just captures that moment in time so beautifully,” Miranda said. “Watching it brings me right back there with that incredible once-in-a-lifetime company.”
When “Hamilton” made its Broadway debut in 2016, the production swept up 11 Tony Awards, in addition to a Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The play is based on Ron Chernow’s bestselling biography of Alexander Hamilton. The cast first stepped onto the Richard Rodgers Theater’s stage for previews on July 13, and as of March 8, 2020, the show has presented 1,908 performances. Over its lifetime, “Hamilton” has grossed $649,868,674, with an average ticket priced at $249.
Top Image: (From l to r) Daveed Diggs, Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos, and Lin-Manuel Miranda in "Hamilton." Credit: Joan Marcus.